Verizon Backs Samsung in Fight Against Apple, and Why It Doesn't Really Matter

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Kind of surprising, but Verizon has piped up in the Samsung v. Apple case, arguing that a preliminary injunction against Samsung would ultimately be bad for consumers. Interesting, especially considering just how impotent the move actually is.

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Verizon issued an "amicus curiae brief," which simply allows them to voice their complaints to the court. In essence, they contend that, if Apple stops Samsung from selling their infringing hardware, the public is harmed for the lack of options it creates. That's not playing fair, you guys!

Which is fascinating because, well, who's Verizon kidding here? Given their recent support for the AT&T-T-mobile merger, creating doorways for more competition doesn't seem to be top on Verizon's list of priorities. Plus they have that working relationship with Apple, anyway.

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What's more... it doesn't really matter. As Litigating Apple writes, any preliminary injunction is potentially bad for the consumer. Pointing that out won't put a stop to the ruling. Especially when there are plenty of overriding factors involved in the case.

This move ought to insinuate that Verizon is more than a little wary of Apple getting closer to handset dominance. Which wouldn't be great, but Verizon is clearly more concerned with their bottomline than with healthy competition. Their heart is so not in the right place. [SlashGear, Litigating Apple via Daring Fireball]


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Apple has unfortunately become quite desperate.

I suspect these suits on their part are that they have no ideas of anything new they can innovate and they are therefore circling the wagons via lawsuites to get a few last settlements and establish a steady stream of payments.

I mean, while the iPhone was new in terms of usability, it wasn't the first device with the idea of a touch screen or a phone.

The iPad wasn't either. I put off buying a kindle or iRex reader for years waiting on someone to produce a device like them that was more than just a reader. Apple simply did what others had been waiting for for years.

At this point though what is their "next big thing"? Nothing. They have nothing in the pipeline because the next innovations are in the area of services (and iCloud is no where near to being the first in the game).

Basically, Apple has shot its wad and now it's suing for sloppy seconds.